The Internet Needs a Dewey Decimal System
Sep 28, 2010, 07:32 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Phil Shapiro)
"Long ago, our ancestors lived in caves and devised crude, rough
tools to help them get through the day. One of those crude, rough
tools was human language. Sure, language gave us such things as
civilization (which at times comes in handy), but language is
woefully inadequate for many of our modern needs. I can't be the
only one repeatedly thinking: â€œWords fail me.
They're not precise enough.â€
"Here is why. A few months ago I was trying to buy inexpensive
USB flash drives that I could make available to low-income youth
and adults who use the public library where I work. I was looking
for 256MB USB drives that would sell for about $2 each. I'm pretty
good at finding merchandise on the Web, but I spent more than an
hour fruitlessly looking.
"Then all of a sudden the other day--a few months later--I come
across this vendor sellling a $2 USB Flash drive."